Anger at lack of farm trees

A lucky cow in the shade during a hot summer. Plant more trees is the call from a retired dairy farmer.

Dairy farmers would get better production if they planted a few trees and shelter belts.

Liquidation of dairy business

There is increasing concern that more dairy businesses will face liquidation following the Fonterra dairy payout drop.

Woodville dairy support business goes into liquidation - the first of others expected says a liquidator.

Dairying a big sales factor

Audi New Zealand's general manager Dean Sheed.

11:36 AM  Dairy payout fall slows new vehicle sales in areas where dairy farming is a big part of the economy.

Positives seen in $5.25m sale 

This South Waikato rural property recently sold at auction for $5.25 million.

11:26 AM  A recent $5.25m sale price for a large Waikato rural property seen as continued resilience in the dairy sector.

Farmers are ageing

Ike Williams, of Pleasant Point is in his 50s and representative of an ageing sheep farmer demographic.

NZ farmers are an ageing demographic, according to Statistics NZ data, and agribusiness scientists.

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opinion

Depiction ignores ag history

A Fonterra tanker picks up milk a Taranaki farm. Governments of different political stripes have come and gone, while Fonterra has remained a co-op.

OPINION: The "great fear of socialism" that columnist Chris Trotter ascribes to NZ farmers is less pronounced than it seems.

Many tariff saving opportunities

Despite our FTAs, meat exports are still attracting $213 million in tariffs. That’s why Beef + Lamb NZ’s market access work is important.

The elephant's trumpeting is getting louder

Doing without luxuries

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

"Men to shed their Southern Man Image" is the theme to the  debate run as a Fundraiser for SBHS Old Boys Assn & SBH Charitable Trust.Three of the Debaters are(l-r)Mike Fallow, Gerry Forde & Tim Shadbolt

Southern man hunt on again

Do you have what it takes to be The Southern Man?

dairy

Dairying a big factor in vehicle sales

Audi New Zealand's general manager Dean Sheed.

11:36 AM  Dairy payout fall slowing down new vehicle sales in areas where dairy farming is a big part of the economy.

Anger at lack of farm trees

Dairy farmers would get better production if they planted a few trees and shelter belts.

There is increasing concern that more dairy businesses will face liquidation following the Fonterra dairy payout drop.

Liquidation of dairy business

Woodville dairy support business goes into liquidation - the first of others expected says a liquidator.

advice

Country woman lost to depression

Matt Shirtcliffe is speaking out about farmer depression after his wife, Mary, died three months ago.

"It's a little bit like a cancer. Sometimes you can beat it, but sometimes it can beat you."

Act of kindness appreciated

Farming communities urged to watch out for the mental health of their members as belts tighten.

Councillor Geoff Evans has urged fellow Marlborough councillors to support a rural advisory group.

Council supports rural group, rejects funding

A new rural advisory group will not be used to throw rocks at the Marlborough District Council, its architect says.

aquaculture

Mussel farmer fights for farm extension

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds

The Environment Court is considering an appeal by one of Marlborough's largest mussel producers to extend their greenshell mussel farm in Pelorus Sound.

Bay dwellers want aquaculture answers

Residents of Okiwi Bay have questions about a major aquaculture project planned for the small settlement near Nelson.

Clearwater Mussels operations manager Mike Holland alongside one of the Havelock company's mussel harvesters.

Mussel farmer vies for top award

A Marlborough Sounds mussel company has entered a prestigious South Island farming award.

beef

US quota breach close

The current beef kill is double the normal throughput at this time of year.

New Zealand will come very close to breaching its beef export quota to the US, and may even run out of quota this year, but farmers should not be concerned, says the Meat Industry Association.

Beef farmer wins top award

A Waikato bull beef farmer has beaten 16,000 other red meat farmers across NZ to win the 2015 Plate to Pasture award.

Bull beef is a "very saleable product" says Tony Egan.

Room for more bull beef

NZ's bull beef exports jump nearly $250m this year with one processor suggesting there is market room for more bull beef farming.

Sheep

Surprise! It's quadruplets video

Janet Gray with a rare set of quad lambs born to a southdown ewe at the farm near Rongotea.

Southdown lambs aren't usually born in sets of four, but a Manawatu ewe has given birth to her own flock

Farmer fined for sheep deaths

Farmer sentenced on animal cruelty charges after dozens of sheep died on his South Otago farm.

Warm weather has helped farmers during lambing. Pictured are new born triplets on a farm near Blenheim.

Warm weather favours lambing

Warm, dry weather conditions in Marlborough may be slowing grass growth but it is helping lambing on farms around the region, say farmers.

cropping

Silage made easy

Garth McVicar's balerator version 3 is ready for use this summer.

A project to perfect the art of making silage is starting to come together for a farmer who enjoys time tinkering in his workshop.

Carrot supervisor takes grower title

Carrot washline supervisor Hamish Gates is New Zealand's Young Grower of the Year.

Maize silage prices are expected to drop this year due to the fall in milk prices, which caused dairy farmers to cut costs.

Maize silage prices expected to fall

Arable farmers growing maize silage for the dairy industry could be in for a tough year season with prices expected to take a dive.

agribusiness

Farm's $5.25m sale seen as confidence sign

This South Waikato rural property recently sold at auction for $5.25 million.

11:26 AM  A recent $5.25m sale price for a large Waikato rural property seen as continued resilience in the dairy sector.

Farmers are an ageing demographic

NZ farmers are an ageing demographic, according to Statistics NZ data, and agribusiness scientists.

Silver Fern Farms chairman Rob Hewett.

Foreign investment in SFF opposed

Farmer shareholders are up in arms at the prospect of foreign investment in Silver Fern Farms (SFF).

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Making Holstein history in NZ

Te Awamutu breeder Wendy Harker is the new president of Holstein Friesian New Zealand

Who is the woman making history as the head of Holstein Friesian NZ?

Riding the long paddock

It's quite the journey … from high country shepherd to winner of a national business award.

Lizzie Carruthers, Otago artist

Life as a rural artist

Southern artist Lizzie Carruthers has been a farmer all her working life. She talks about inspiration and life as a rural artist.

Video

$9 airfares spark price war

Air NZ offers its own $9 fares after Jetstar opens a sale on its new regional routes.

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